The God of glory walks His round

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1 The God of glory walks His round,
From day to day, from year to year,
And warns us each with awful sound,
No longer stand ye idle here.

2 Ye, whose young cheeks are rosy bright,
Whose hands are strong, whose hearts are clear,
Waste no of hope the morning light;
Ah, fools, why stand ye idle here.

3 And ye, whose locks of scanty gray
Foretell your latest travail near,
How swiftly fades your worthless day;
And stand ye yet so idle here?

4 O Thou, by all Thy works adored,
To whom the sinner’s soul is dear,
Recall us to Thy vineyard, Lord,
And grant us grace to please Thee here.

Source: Gloria Deo: a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public Worship in all Departments of the Church #240

Author: Reginald Heber

Reginald Heber was born in 1783 into a wealthy, educated family. He was a bright youth, translating a Latin classic into English verse by the time he was seven, entering Oxford at 17, and winning two awards for his poetry during his time there. After his graduation he became rector of his father's church in the village of Hodnet near Shrewsbury in the west of England where he remained for 16 years. He was appointed Bishop of Calcutta in 1823 and worked tirelessly for three years until the weather and travel took its toll on his health and he died of a stroke. Most of his 57 hymns, which include "Holy, Holy, Holy," are still in use today. -- Greg Scheer, 1995… Go to person page >

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First Line: The God of glory walks His round
Author: Reginald Heber
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


The God of glory walks His round. Bishop R. Heber. [Septuagesima.] Published in his posthumous Hymns, &c, 1827, p. 44, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and is based on the Parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard. It is in common use in its original form; as "The God of mercy warns us all," in Kennedy, 1863; and as “The God of Glory looks around" in others.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



First published anonymously in Henry Boyd's Select Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1793), DUKE STREET was credited to John Hatton (b. Warrington, England, c. 1710; d, St. Helen's, Lancaster, England, 1793) in William Dixon's Euphonia (1805). Virtually nothing is known about Hatton, its composer,…

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